10 Simple Yet Highly Effective Home Remedies For Sciatica Pain

This article is about shooting pain which radiates down the spinal cord, buttocks, hips and lastly through both legs. Yes, we are talking about sciatica, a painful creepy condition where the sciatic nerves get compressed.

To get rid of pain, firstly, we go for pain killer drugs. But do you know that there are easy home remedies for sciatica that are more effective and safer than painkillers?

How To Get Rid Of Sciatica Pain

Here are 10 effective home remedies for sciatica pain:

1. Turmeric

Due to the presence of strong anti-inflammatory and bioactive compound curcumin, turmeric is considered an effective home remedy for sciatica. It helps to alleviate the nerve pain and inflammation.

How to use: Take half to one teaspoon of turmeric in a warm glass of milk every day.

2. Hot And Cold Compresses

Hot and cold compresses also come in the category of effective home remedies for sciatica. Heat therapy helps in the relaxation of muscles whereas cold therapy alleviates the inflammation around nerve and dulls the pain too.

If one has circulatory problems then avoid cold compress and use only the hot ones.

How to use:

  • Place a hot pack on the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Replace it with a cold pack and place it for another 5-10 minutes.

3. Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds work well to ease the sciatica pain. Certain ingredients present in fenugreek seeds fight against inflammation and provide the pain relief.

How to use:

  • Grind a handful of fenugreek seeds and put them in a glass of milk to make a thick paste.
  • Apply it on the aching area as a poultice.
  • Leave it on for a few hours and then rinse it off with water.
  • Repeat daily until you observe some noticeable changes.

4. Garlic

Garlic comprises anti-inflammatory properties, thus it is also a fruitful home remedy for sciatica pain. Moreover, anti-oxidants properties of garlic help to diminish the free radicals in body as these free radicals result in cell death.

How to use:

  • One can chew 2-3 cloves of garlic.
  • Another option is to chop garlic cloves and boil them in mustard oil till the mixture becomes semi red in color. Massage with this warm oil on affected areas.

5. Horseradish

Horseradish is quite good to reduce the sciatica pain.

How to use:

  • Mince some horseradish until it turns out to be a fine paste.
  • Warm it a little bit and then massage the affected areas with this paste.
  • Cover the treated area and then leave it for 2 hours.
  • Alternatively you can extract the juice from horseradish. Warm it and add some honey to it. Consume the juice 2-3 three times in a day.

6. Clove Oil

Massage the painful area with clove oil 1-2 times daily, which aids in alleviating the pain and lessens the inflammation too.

7. Winter Cherry (Ashwagandha)

It contains phytochemical compounds like saponins, alkaloids, and steroidal lactones which have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Hence winter cherry is also an effective home remedy for sciatica as it help to provide the relief in pain.

How to use: One can consume one teaspoon of winter cherry powder twice daily with milk or water.

8. Celery

It contains a bioactive compound called coumarin which possesses strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Hence these properties make it an effective home remedy to treat sciatica pain.

How to use:

  • Boil the celery leaves in water until water turns green.
  • Drink 2-3 cups of it on a daily basis.

9. Hydration

If you are suffering of sciatica, then you should be drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day in order to hydrate your body. This is due to the reason that water helps to diminish the pain and nurture the nerves.

10. Breathing Exercises

Deep breathing exercises help to nourish every cell of our body. It helps the oxygen to reach every part of the body.

Breathe in through your nose and hold the breath for a few seconds and then exhale through your mouth. The time it takes to exhale should be about twice what it is to inhale. Do this for 15 to 20 min at least in morning.

As per convenience, 4 to 5 home remedies can be tried for couple of days and for sure you will see a big difference.

BONUS: Exercise

Also, you can try some exercises that relieve sciatica pain. Here are 4 of them:

4 Exercises To Relieve Sciatica Pain

This is a guest post written by Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD – AYURVEDA). He is an expert Ayurvedic practitioner that spreads the knowledge of Ayurveda (Ancient healing treatment) around the world. If you enjoy these natural methods to get rid of sciatica pain, then feel free to share his article.

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2 Comments

  1. Look for the line:

    “Mince some horseradish until it turns out to be a fine past.”

    You mean “paste” not “past.”

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